Blogs tagged "pitch"

July 2019

CMC 2019: Report – Successful Pitches – The Secret History

Posted on: Thursday 04 July 2019 2:31pm by Vanisha Sumboo

Tim Patterson from T1M Consult introduced the panel and invited them to share their experience with pitching and their tips on what it takes to make a pitch successful. A strong recurring theme throughout the session was tenacity. Takeaway: Keep it simple: have a sense of humour and be tenacious! Commissioners have many things they need to navigate internally, put yourself in their shoes. Pitching is a relationship that takes time, commitment and nurturing in order to make it work. Don’t get attached to one idea, be flexible and develop a very thick skin – there’ll be a lot of no’s before you get the yes. Detail: Chris Dicker reflected on how 'Becca’s Bunch' came to fruition. He discussed how…

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CMC 2019: Report – First Timers Reception

Posted on: Wednesday 03 July 2019 10:12am

The First Timers’ Reception kicked off with an impromptu walking tour of Sheffield, as delegates chatted their way through the town to the impressive location of the City Hall. Once the ‘newbies’ had gathered (and found the reception!) presenter Chris Jarvis began, making sure to include useful tips that were both reassuring and engaging for all.  Takeaway: Do download the CMC app to plan your sessions effectively. Don’t forget to use the #tcmc whenever you share anything on your social channels. Do attend the opening and closing sessions. Don’t forget to take notes, you’ll never remember everything! Do turn up early to sessions, they can get very busy. Don’t keep to the same few people for all three days, broaden your social…

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CMC 2019: Report – CMC Skillbuilder Bible & Pitch

Posted on: Tuesday 02 July 2019 11:45pm by Helen Dugdale

With a team of industry gurus to guide our delegates through the tricky but essential world of crafting the perfect pitch, there was talk of whether bibles were even still ‘a thing’. In this round-table format, delegates could discuss their ideas and get honest and workable feedback from those that know best. Takeaway: Keep your pitch brief and do your research. Believe in your project. Aim for the follow up/next. A bible isn’t essential - it’s all about the idea. Detail: With a strong team of sixteen children’s media gurus ready and waiting to share their top tips - advice on what needs to be in an outstanding pitch, as well as the ideas to include in a bible were…

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July 2018

CMC 2018: Report – Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Posted on: Wednesday 04 July 2018 7:38pm by Sian Reed

Takeaway: ·     Know who you are pitching to. It is important to do your research beforehand. ·     The children's TV market is saturated. You need a USP. ·     Make the pitch exciting - add in video and other visual elements. Detail: Dragons Den done CMC-style. This session presented the opportunity to pitch your TV ideas to four industry heavyweights. In this interactive session, five potential producers stepped up to share their pilots for the panel and audience to debate. Hosts Tony Collingwood and Anthony Utley first explained the format before introducing each contestant to pitch away. Each panellist had £1000 to bid for projects: to work with the producers, gather up information and see if the idea could be taken to the wider…

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July 2017

CMC 2017: Report – Meet the Commissioners: Video On Demand

Posted on: Friday 07 July 2017 2:03pm by Christina Evans

The session began with a presentation by changemaker Steven Kavuma: The full session is available here as a video and as a podcast: Jesse Whittock, editor of TBI, introduced a panel of commissioners for VOD content, who explained to delegates exactly what kind of pitches are interesting to them at the moment Takeaway: Sky Kids balances its channel partner's US content with British commissions and acquisitions Learning shows including 'Ben and Holly' are popular with the Hopster audience Azoomee look for entertainment lead content, with learning incorporated. Detail: Changemaker Steven Kavuma, founder of the Diversity School Initiative, started the session by giving an inspirational speech about diversity and challenges in education. The first of the VOD commissioners to speak was Lucy Murphy, Head…

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CMC 2017: Report – Meet The Commissioners: PSBs

Posted on: Friday 07 July 2017 10:27am by Christina Evans

The session began with a presentation by changemaker Yasmin Lodhi: The full session is available here as videos and as podcasts: This session aimed to demystify the Public Service Broadcaster commissioning process – walking the audience through the stages of pitching, development and production for PSB TV shows Takeaway: Each PSB has a different approach to children's coverage, depending on their remit Consider language when pitching to S4C Talk to people and do your research! Detail: Channel 4 First to the floor, Dom Bird, Head of Formats, Music & Education, Channel 4, discussed the fact that C4 do not have any kids' channels currently, raising the question of what the channel is mandated to do. Children’s policy is of course informed…

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CMC 2017: Report – Development Masterclass: Terry Kalagian

Posted on: Thursday 06 July 2017 4:34pm by Tom Jordan

The full session is available here as a podcast: The key to getting your idea developed successfully is the C word – Compromise. That's the advice from Gaumont Animation’s Terry Kalagian Takeaway: Compromise and collaboration is something to be embraced, rather than resisted, when developing your project. You just need to know how much you’re prepared to compromise Your producer is on your side, so work together rther than against each other Own your product, then you’ll have an instinct on what you are happy to compromise on, and what you can’t It’s better to have been open to compromise and have your creation realised, than to resist and for it never to see the light of day Detail: Steve…

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CMC 2017: Report – Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Posted on: Thursday 06 July 2017 10:38am by Lucy Heavens

The full session is available here as a video and as a podcast: Prospective show creators got in the den (a really big stage in front of a really big audience!) to pitch their ideas to the dragons (your friendly neighbourhood producers). After a five-minute pitch, the panellists bid for the show-creator’s time in a three-month 'chat' period Takeaway: These broadcasters get a lot of pitches and they get them often. It’s really important to have a handle on what makes yours unique. Know the marketplace. At the end of the day the broadcasters are looking for strong characters and stories with the potential for comedy and pathos. The stories, what the show is really about, should shine through. Awesome animation is awesome, but…

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CMC 2017: Report – Tuesday Workshop: Pitch Perfect

Posted on: Wednesday 05 July 2017 11:44am by Lyndsey Smith

In this workshop a panel of industry experts were on hand to share their experiences of pitching and provide helpful tips on how to pitch and develop skills. Each member of the panel had unique experiences they were able to bring forward to the session. Takeaway It all starts with the pitch and the characters – know your story Flexiblity of ideas, allowing them to be tailored for different platforms Don’t fixate on the one project that you think is going to be your golden ticket. Mickey Rogers, Director, MRM inc., began by sharing her knowledge with the delegates through a number of useful points and tips beginning with: “One of the most important things about pitching is authenticity”. She gave…

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July 2016

CMC 2016: Report – Commissioner Conversations: International

Posted on: Friday 08 July 2016 12:00am by Simon Bor

Jo Daris, Head of Operations, m4e, introduced the international commissioners panel and asked what content they were looking for. Video: [vimeo video_id="174885371" width="700" height="394" title="Yes" byline="Yes" portrait="Yes" autoplay="No" loop="No" color="00adef"]   Podcast:   Takeaways French preschool is getting bigger as older children migrate to online platforms. 70-80% of all Welsh views on iPlayer are for S4C’s children’s output. Most PBS programming is US originated, because it includes the curriculum. Detail Julien Borde, Head of SVOD France Télévisions, said their content was exclusively animation, thanks to the government initiatives to support the animation industry in France. Preschool was getting bigger and bigger as older children migrated to platforms such as Netflix. He is looking for acquisitions, in particular specials, for female…

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